Remember Google TV? According to a report from Reuters, LG will launch Google-powered televisions again before this month ends.
According to Reuters, this is LG’s response to Apple’s reported next move: a new television that features Siri integration and smart features, which will be released any time this year.
In a statement by Ro Seogho, executive vice president of LG, “Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21.”
There have only been two released products incorporated with Google TV: Logitech Revue set-top box, and Sony’s Internet TV Line. Both products are currently out of production. This year, though, expect to see quite a number of new Google TV devices available in the market.
Google TV devices have been flops, mostly due to the fact that they are way more expensive than HDTV’s and didn’t have as much to offer as other internet-connected televisions. An example is Smart TV platform by Samsung, which had Hulu Plus, unavailable to Google TV.
Where Google TV stands out is the ability to use Google Chrome and browse in your television set. On the other hand, the level of interest in that kind of functionality does not seem to be as high as it needed to be.
So far, LG has not mentioned prices, shipment targets, or screen sizes. They did, however, state shipment to Asia and Europe may be possible if United States sales goes well.